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San Simeon in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Hearst Ranch

 
 
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By Lisa King, June 3, 2020
1. Hearst Ranch Marker
Inscription.  This family ranch began in 1865, when George Hearst bought nearly 50,000 acres of the Piedra Blanca Rancho (named by Spanish explorers for its “white rocks”) from Jose de Jesus Pico, who was granted the land in 1840 by Mexican Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado. It has been an operating cattle ranch since that time. Over the years, the family expanded and contracted different adjoining properties bringing it to its current size of about 83,000 acres.

The family takes great pride in this property and it is maintained to the highest of standards. The size, high quality the rangeland as well as the extremely diverse assemblage of plants and animals is what makes this ranch unique and a jewel of California’s Central Coast.

The Hearst Ranch reaches from the inland mountains down to the ocean where it extends along 18 miles of scenic, pristine coastline. This 130-square mile property contains most ecosystems in California and is home to more than one thousand plant and animal species.

With its partners the American Land Conservancy, the California Range Land Trust and State of California, a historic conservation agreement

Hearst Ranch Monument image. Click for full size.
By Lisa King, June 3, 2020
2. Hearst Ranch Monument
was cemented into history on February 18, 2005. This agreement ensures that the ranch’s conservation values - its agricultural productivity, biodiversity and scenic vistas and coastlines - are perpetually conserved.
 
Erected 2019 by Native Sons of the Golden West and Native Daughters of the Golden West. (Marker Number 142-14.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureEnvironment. In addition, it is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list.
 
Location. 35° 38.639′ N, 121° 11.488′ W. Marker is in San Simeon, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker can be reached from SLO San Simeon Road. The monument is located inside the fenced picnic area by the parking lot next to historic Sebastians Store (currently Hearst Ranch Winery wine tasting). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 442 SLO San Simeon Road, San Simeon CA 93452, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sebastian Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Point Piedras Blancas, A Recent Colony (approx. 4 miles away); Nitt Witt Ridge (approx. 7½ miles away); Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Lens (approx. 7.6
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miles away); Cambria Veterans' Memorial (approx. 7.7 miles away); Preserving a Bit of History (approx. 8.3 miles away); The Town of Harmony (approx. 13.3 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 9, 2020, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2020, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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